I noticed a few people have commented on how cute and fashionable Miki Honoka looks in Itazura na Kiss and I wholeheartedly agree. I think Miki possess a tremendous amount of charm all on her own, but her outfits & hairstyle are impeccably adorable from episode to episode and contribute a lot to her charm as well. And like Heisui remarked, the outfits in Itazura na Kiss also look completely accessible! I might admire an outfit or two in drama on occasion but I never seriously embark to emulate the style because nothing that I can afford will compare to the brand names that the actresses are donning. But Kotoko’s clothes, despite being very cute, even meticulously so at times, don’t look very expensive at all.
Kotoko’s pink dresses and cardigans are bit too much for my black&grey wardrobe but there are some elements of her style that I absolutely love. For example:
1) Button-down shirts tucked into skirts.
Very classic look and allows for a lot of variation in colors and form. I think I prefer the combination of pastel top + flowery skirt like that one Kotoko wore in episode 12 the most but I also like pastel skirt + blue or darker color too (and no, this picture is not here only because for pretty cherry blossoms):
Via We Inspire Us
2) Shoes + frilly socks.
This is not something I’ve yet to pull off myself but I always wanted to. This is a bit extreme in terms of color combination but definitely inspirational:
Via Modcloth Blog
3) Dressy button downs shirts.
This look is from YesStyle. They have a ton of cute clothes that are right up Kotoko’s alley but you have to be careful. As someone who has ordered from YesStyle on several occasions, I can tell you their quality varies a lot. The shoes has been mostly good and always last a season (standard fate of all my shoes) and sandals have always been extremely comfortable (seriously, cannot find an alternative to shoes anywhere). Some random items like shirts and sweaters have also been good but I’m not impressed with their dresses. One was of horrible quality and another one was a bit too short on me (I’m 5’4 not exceptionally tall, but apparently too tall for their one size dresses). I’ve been to their physical store in San Francisco too and even though it was tiny, the selection of dresses was of much better quality.
Via YesStyle Blog
4) Headbands. This one is from YesStyle as well. I love all of Kotoko’s hair accessories but especially the headbands. Mournfully wishing they looked just as good on me.
I can’t believe there is still one more torturous day to go until a new episode of Itazura na Kiss. I know, there is still an episode of Last Cinderella that I haven’t gotten around to writing about (or doing the recap, is that what they are? well, mini-recaps, I guess) but I have been busy with some other things like gushing over Itazura na Kiss and performing in a Kpop cover dance concert (more on that later! Or just watch this video of us ladies doing Miss A’s I Don’t Need a Man and forget about it).
I implore Miki Honoka and Yuki Furukawa to do a decent photoshoot together. For now though, we will have to be satisfied with photomanips, scraps of random photo sessions and dorky Yuki selfies (which I won’t even bother with, but tumblr has a-plenty, just skim through the Yuki Furukawa tag). Also, everyone needs to drop whatever they are doing, and go have the best 10 minutes of their week by reading Mookie’s companion piece to the 6th episode. It cannot be more on-point and hilarious in detailing the depths to which Naoki has fallen for Kotoko. Now really, the only thing this fandom is missing is steamy fanfiction.
I’m happy to report that no romantic tension has been lost as a result of the events that transpired last week. On the contrary, things are only heating up: Kotoko’s fantasies intensify as she dreams of another kiss, Naoki strolls around with wet hair, and who knew that tennis can be so dangerous. And stimulating. You will see what I mean.
Most notable of all, though, is that our darlings are now in college and that means Naoki has gotten himself well-fitted clothes. Hallelujah.
No Itazura na Kiss this week, which makes me infinitely sad but there is still Last Cinderella….I guess? I’m growing more frustrated with our heroine, not for her obvious flaws but the overwhelming inconsistencies in her characterization…It just feels like the writers are attempting to do so many things with her, noble things perhaps, like break stereotypes, bring certain issues to light, have people relate to her—but none of these attempts are very successful, imo. Sakura feels less like a character to whom one can relate and more like a hodgepodge of necessary character traits. But I’m still hoping that the drama will iron out the wrinkles in her characterization; I already see light in Hiroto and Choko, whose backstories actually interest me now.
I was grinning throughout the whole duration of this episode. So good.
Things I loved:
1) Naoki being jealous
2) Kin-chan showing some personality for once.
3) Naoki being jealous
4) Naoki…doing things because he is jealous?
Holy cow, am I seriously watching two Japanese dramas at the same time, after not having watched any for 3 years? Not since Love Shuffle, I believe.
Speaking of which, Last Cinderella feels like a mix of Love Shuffle, Hotaru no Hikari and Sex in the City. So basically a distinctly Japanese romcom with some sex thrown in there for good measure. Everyone rejoice and indulge in the glorious sight of Miura Haruma’s buttocks.
Wait, not yet.
That’s Sakura’s butt. She is our heroine and she is awesome.
“Without saying a word, it’s so obvious what she is wishing for.”
No, not really. Is it hot make-outs with Naoki?
Words cannot convey how much I am enjoying this. I’m constantly pausing the video because I need a moment to get my screaming, or blushing, or laughing under control. Either I’m easily amused or this is the best slice of shoujo crack I’ve had in a very long time.
Apparently, I’m in dire need of fluff after That Winter The Wind Blows because I’ve picked up Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in Tokyo, the new Japanese remake of Itazura na Kiss (what is it, the 10th one already?), and it’s delicious. The only other rendition of this story that I’ve seen so far is the Taiwanese version with Ariel Lin and Joe Chang, which I enjoyed immensely, but having no special affinity for the original, I’ve never been too interested in other remakes (well, I did try the Korean version but quit after it drove me into a dead stupor within the first hour). I’m so happy I gave this remake a try though because it’s such endearing and delightful fun. The fact that it’s so intent on following in ISWAK’s footsteps in tone and execution, down to the opening sequence of the heroine chasing the hero across the whole city, is just an added bonus. I’m literally taken back 4 years ago, when I watched ISWAK for the the first time, during a hot summer vacation, all excited and giddy for the heroine’s adorable crush on a perfect, gorgeous jerk from her school and the shenanigans unfolding with the two of them suddenly thrown together into one house.